“Dancing With The Stars” is a rare show in that it has kept the same panel of judges throughout its run. Although there have been guest judges who have joined the panel, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli have been staples behind the desk for over a decade. Former professional dancer Julianne Hough has also spent several seasons as the fourth judge on the show. Last season, Goodman was unable to participate in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic (via Women & Home). However, he offered his insight via video during multiple episodes. Replacing Goodman was Julianne’s brother, and another former pro-dancer, Derek Hough.
During Season 30, the three core judges will all return to the panel in person, but that doesn’t mean that Derek is going anywhere (via Gold Derby). The dancer-turned-judge will return to his seat at the table with Inaba, Goodman, and Tonioli. This means that the panel will go back to four judges for the milestone season, and fans are excited to have Derek back in action as the youngest judge on the panel.
Fans can check out all of the “Dancing With The Stars” Season 30 action when the show officially returns to ABC on September 20, 2021, at 8 p.m. Mark your calendars, this will be a season you won’t want to miss!